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  • The original Rudolph did not have a red nose. In that day and age, red noses were seen as an indicator of chronic alcoholism and Montgomery Ward didn’t want him to look like a drunkard. To complete the original picture, he was almost named Reginald or Rollo.
  • The Christmas wreath was originally hung as a symbol of Jesus. The holly represents his crown of thorns and the red berries the blood he shed.
  • The three traditional colors of most Christmas decorations are red, green and gold. Red symbolizes the blood of Christ, green symbolized life and rebirth, and gold represents light, royalty and wealth.
  • Tinsel was invented in 1610 in Germany and was once made of real silver.
  • The oldest artificial Christmas trees date back to the late 1800s and were made of green raffia (think grass hula skirts) or dyed goose feathers. Next the Addis Brush Company used their machinery that wove toilet brushes to create pine-like branches for artificial Christmas trees that were less flammable and could hold heavier decorations.
  • ‘Jingle Bells’ – the popular Christmas song was composed by James Pierpont in Massachusetts, America. It was, however, written for thanksgiving and not Christmas.
  • Coca-Cola was the first company that used Santa Claus during the winter season for promotion.
  • Hallmark introduced their first Christmas cards in 1915.
  • The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on that day.
  • Santa Claus's sleigh is led by eight reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder (variously spelled Donder and Donner), and Blixem (variously spelled Blixen and Blitzen), with Rudolph being a 20th-century inclusion.
  • Outdoor Christmas lights on homes evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. Lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe.
  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.
  • Christmas 2018 countdown has already begun. Will you be ready???
  • Why do we love Christmas? It's all about the traditions. In this chaotic world we can miss the "good old days." Christmas reminds us of that time.

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  1. This is new for 2016. It's kind of hard to see but there is video in the window from the movie "The Polar Express". Christmas Light Magic website: http://www.christmaslightmagic.net
  2. This video shows the setup and equipment used to run our Christmas Light Show. Christmas Light Magic website: http://www.christmaslightmagic.net
  3. These are our Christmas Lights with the song Let It Go from Frozen. We added video to the upstairs window. I also re-sequenced the lights a bit to match the video. Christmas Light Magic website: http://www.christmaslightmagic.net
  4. This is our Christmas Light Display for The House on Christmas Street. New for this year is video in the upstairs window. I've also placed a video window on the lower right of the screen so you can see it better. Christmas Light Magic website: http://www.christmaslightmagic.net
  5. Here is one of the songs from our light display this year. Enjoy!
  6. Negative. I don't dim the strobes. Know about that can cause issues. I know a lot of people use them but plugging in a GLADE just seems unsafe. From what I understand is that if they are not used as directed, they can be a fire hazard. Guess I'm paranoid that way. In any case, plugging in some lights worked for me.
  7. Turns out I didn't need c9 lights. I just put a small string of incans on the same line as the LED's. In my case, the controller boxes are out of site (inside the garage) so I put the string of incans right where the extension cord plugs into the controller. I must be missing something with the GLADE thing. Aren't those dangerous to use especially outdoors?
  8. This is a customized version of the song "The House On Christmas Street" re-recorded by Judy Pancoast for our Christmas display.
  9. Ok so that did the trick! I placed a small string of lights on the same line as the LED banner. Works perfect now. All of the issues the banner was causing are now gone. Thanks so much for the help.
  10. OK, so I will try to put something on the LED sign so it fades correctly. Should work with strobes as well right? I notice my strobes do the same thing (extra flashes after beeing turned off).
  11. Thanks for the info. Lukily with my incans, I don't need to calculate loads as I only have about 4000 lights. I do have one section of LED's that run a Merry Christmas banner. Sometimes after it fades, it does one final random flash. Don't know if its an issue with the banner itself or the fact that I'm running on an older controller box. Anyone else see this issue?
  12. Hello, I have been using my Light-O-Rama controllers since 2006 and they have been working great. Question: If I switch all of my lights to LED, will I need the latest generation of controllers? If so, I guess this year or next year will be my last year. Don't really want to replace everything. Thanks.
  13. Definitely a Ramsey. You can buy the kits or buy them pre-assembled on E-Bay. http://www.ramseyelectronics.com/hk/
  14. I know there are already a lot of tips in this forum but thought I would start a new thread with 2011 ideas. Right now we use chain we bought from Lowes. The chain is strung through each ground unit (wire frame dears, nativity set, inflatables). The ends of the chain are padlocked to doggy stakes that are screwed deep into the ground. We then use tent stakes and stake the chain down into the ground about every 3 or 4 feet making it difficult for anyone to pull anything up. We zip tie all of the extension cords together and zip tie each plug together so someone can't come along and easily unplug things. During the night when the display is turned off, we have lots of light on the yard. Over the past 5 years we have only had one major event. One of our inflatables got slashed. Didn't bring us down though. We patched him up and he's still working great. On the security cameras we did see someone try to unplug the inflatable but quckly left after he realized it would be too much trouble to try and take it. We do have candy canes that line the yard and those get broken from time to time put we have plenty of spares and the plugs are zip tied so stealing them would be difficult. I guess these security measures work against those who are looking for a quick "crime of opportunity" and will not stop those with bolt and wire cutters but hey, whatever works against those idiot punks who think it's funny to mess up someone's display.
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